Trojan senior wrestlers march on to quarterfinals
DES MOINES — Fairfield seniors Seth Davisson and Jake Mineart moved one win away from clinching spots on the podium Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament in Des Moines.
The Trojan seniors won their respective first-round matches on the tournament’s opening day, and they will guarantee a placing in the top eight with one more win today.
“People don’t understand how tough of an atmosphere it is up here, and the guys did what they had to to win,” said Fairfield head coach Steve Miller. “We’ve got to feel good walking out of that hostile environment and getting two wins.”
It was the first state tournament victory of Mineart’s career, and it was the second for Davisson. Both Trojans also qualified as juniors last winter.
Wrestling at 170 pounds, Davisson rallied to top Perry’s Schyler Knoll in his only match Thursday. Davisson trailed 5-1 after the second period, but he finally scored his first takedown in the third and came away with a win by fall in 4:55.
“It wasn’t pretty by any means and I think he was still a little bit nerved, but he kept his composure and beat a kid who was tough as nails,” said Miller. “I look for him to gain momentum off of that win.”
Davisson is pitted against Clear Lake’s senior Brice Wilcke (37-3) in the quarterfinal round today.
Advancement came a little bit easier for the 220-pound Mineart, who wrestled Greene County’s Aaron Beaman in the first round. Mineart scored two takedowns and a 3-point nearfall to take a 7-1 lead after one period, and he added on two more takedowns in the final periods to earn an 11-3 major decision.
“I haven’t seen Jake move that fast on his feet all year,” Miller said. “He stayed in good position and took what was there, and that’s so important in his weight class.”
Mineart will wrestle Tyler Dolieslager (42-3), a senior from Boy-Hull/Rock Valley, today.
Miller said he expects to see his seniors bring the same intensity Friday that got them into day two.
“A couple hours from now this day is over and a new one begins,” the head coach said. “To come out 2-0 is big, but now the bar is set higher. We need to win one more match and then we’re on the podium.”
The Class 2A quarterfinals commence at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by the second-round of consolation matches today.